When is a photo of someone’s work infringing copyright? Do you have rights over a photo of yourself? If you draw something that inspired you, is that original?
Wiki provides some answers to these questions:
Basically, it means that you have copyright over anything you have created yourself, as long as it is not a representation or copy of someone else’s work. It might be:
- A sketch that is scanned to create a digital image
- A audio recording of your own voice
- A video recording
- A derivative work is one that was inspired by another existing piece of work, but that which contains enough
Examples of Derivative Work include:
- Screenshots of photo or videos
- Photographing a work of art, logo or statue
- Reading aloud someone else’s words
- Drawing characters from an animated series or comics or a film
You do not hold copyright if you:
- Scan or photograph an existing image that you did not originally create or photograph yourself.
- Copy or download an image from a web site.
- Use photos of you, not taken by you. The copyright holder remains with the person who takes the photograph.